Provincial Education and Health Communique #3 – Linda McClinton March 30, 2017
Oh God, help us, especially during Lent to reflect on how we may better contribute to your vision of a world dominated by love and compassion rather than fear and pain. May we be your hands, your feet, your voice in helping to bring this to fruition. Amen.
Bursaries are now being offered biannually. Applications are to be submitted to National Office by November 30th and May 31st. Note if you wish to apply for May, send your application soon.
We need to continue writing to government regarding National’s resolution 2016.04 to Amend the Canada Health Act to Identify Palliative Care as an Insured Health Service and urge them to provide these essential elements to quality end-
The “12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care” on May 4th, 2016 and accompanying petitions in support of palliative care were very successful so remember May 4, 2017 and make this year equally successful. There is much we can do. We will celebrate Mass along with prayers on that evening at our CWL meeting. May 7-
Palliative Care Matters:
At a National Consensus Development Conference held in Ottawa November 7-
Sooner or later, most Canadians will need palliative care for themselves or someone they love. “The consensus statement will be at the heart of a road map for Canada released in the spring of 2017.”
The Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute is a member of the Coalition for Health Care and Conscience. In Canada, everyone has the right to their faith and conscience. The legalization of physician-
Mark Warawa introduced Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act seeking to amend the government’s assisted suicide legislation, Bill C-
The Liberal government has intervened on behalf of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) in a lawsuit launched by five Christian doctors (4 Evangelical and 1 Catholic), who argue that the College’s Professional Obligation and Human Rights Policy violates their Charter rights of religious freedom and conscience. The CPSO policy, in effect since March 2015, compels doctors who oppose such practices as abortion, abortifacient contraception or euthanasia to refer patients who request these “medical services” to non-
The Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience, a National association of health care, Catholic and Christian organizations including the 3 groups involved in the lawsuit, is urging people to protest in support of the court case, said Worthen who is also a spokesperson for the Coalition. “Canadians for Conscience” includes information on writing letters to the Minister of Health and attorney-
Our Provincial President, Evelyn Rigby, wrote letters to each Health authority in B.C, and I will try to shorten their answers:
From Interior Health: “it is important to note the new federal legislation states no person will be forced to provide or help to provide medical assistance in dying (Maid). Those rights are important, but we also need to consider the right of patients to choose what is right for them.
As you are aware, the province is consulting with stakeholders regarding the development of a policy to address patient access to MAID with a particular focus on how to approach the provision of MAID for patients in hospices and palliative facilities. We continue to rely upon our current approach with a commitment to maximize inclusiveness and engage more fully with an appreciation for what this new end of life option means to our patients and partners.”
From Fraser Health:
“The Board received an update at their meeting on October 11 on MAID services in Fraser Health. We are committed to a respectful approach that recognizes the diverse needs of patients and healthcare providers who find themselves in an ethical, moral and/or religious dilemma while ensuring appropriate access for a legal health care service for our patients.
Our priority is supporting patients and responding to their needs as best we can. We will continue to provide this service in the most centered way we can.
We have a responsibility to support people which means ensuring patients and families requesting information on MAID and palliative care service be provided with all the necessary information to make an informed decision.”
From Vancouver Coastal Health:
“As with the other health authorities, VCH is doing it’s best to remove barriers and possible disruption to patients who may be contemplating access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). VCH seeks to foster respectful partnerships between staff in all care settings and the specialized health care providers who may be called into a setting only to provide MAID, and we have made education and counselling supports available to our staff. VCH also respects the conscience rights of staff who choose not to participate directly in MAID because of their faith or other reasons and accept that patients receiving care in a setting operated under a Denominational Health Care Agreement may, if the setting so directs, be transferred to another health care setting. We are working with our ‘non-
From Island Health:
“Island Health, together with other Health Authorities in British Columbia are responsible for ensuring that MAID is broadly available across settings, programs and services, where end-
To facilitate reasonable, safe patient access to this service Island Health is committed to making MAID available within all our facilities. Island Health respects individual health providers in their conscientious objection to involvement in MAID. We also respect that faith-
Help Protect Bees:
From David Suzuki Foundation:
“Bees have been dying off at alarming rates, and neonicotinoid pesticides are implicated in this decline. Bees aren’t the only victims. “Neonic” pesticides harm many other beneficial species, including butterflies, earthworms and birds, and scientists believe they may have impacts on human health too. Health Canada is proposing to ban a commonly used neonic in Canada called Imidacloprid out of serious concern that the pesticide poses an unacceptable risk to the health of Canadian lakes and rivers. The agency launched a consultation period on whether imidacloprid should be banned closing February 21, 2017.
There is a conference at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites in Vancouver, B.C. on May 4-
Keynote speakers are: Nuala Kenny. OC, MD, FRCPC
Carol Taylor, Phd, RN
Kevin Burns, CBC radio
Thomas Kerr, Phd
For more information and costs visit www.providencehealth.org
May God richly Bless your Easter season and I look forward to seeing you in June at Provincial Convention.
Remember gratitude each day: The robins are back and say “good Morning” even if it is raining, Canadian women won 13 straight and gold in World curling and the men are now 3 wins no losses. My tulips are showing green (I know in Vancouver they are blooming) but that is pretty good for up north.